Friday, April 19, 2013

Designer Bios for MCHUCLA Designer Dollhouse Showcase

To date, this is everything I've gathered from the designers, internet and event PR team. I'll add updates as I find them and post features on designers here. Make sure you're following Modern MC's tweets and blog posts on the event as well.

When the project first started, the organizers had originally contacted a dollhouse company to manufacture ten identical houses for the showcase. Designer extraordinaire Tim Campbell rallied the troops to get 20 renowned designers on board to decorate the houses. They decided to change directions and contacted Richard Manion and Robert Meiklejohn of Richard Manion Architecture Inc. inquiring if they could design plans for 5 different extraordinary dollhouses. Richard and Robert came up with brilliant plans for Modern, Contemporary, Georgian, Italianate and Brownstone style houses, all in 1:12 scale measuring 5 to 6 feet long. At the end of last year the designers teamed up to work on the different style houses. The builders, landscapers, electricians and designers are busily working to meet the March 30th deadline for a pre-event photo shoot.

The ten houses will be for sale at the Kaleidoscope Ball on April 17th at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute. The houses that don't sell at the ball will be sold by One Kings Lane. The special online charity sale will be 4 to 6 weeks after the ball (date pending). Yes "ONLINE" so houses sold by One Kings Lane can be shipped. I'm checking if shipping is an option for houses sold at the ball and if they will accept phone offers.

League of Extraordinary Designers and the style of house they are designing

Joan Behnke with James Anthony Magni - Modern
Natasha Baradaran with Waldo Fernandez - Modern
Chris Barrett with Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield - Contemporary
Jeffrey Alan Marks with Elizabeth Dinkle - Contemporary
Mark Cutler with Cari Berg - Italianate (read feature on progress)
Adam Hunter with Lonni Paul - Italianate
Tim Campbell with Philip Nimmo - Georgian
Mary McDonald with Martyn Lawrence Bullard - Georgian
Alexandra & Michael Misczynski with Estee Stanley - Brownstone
Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier is designing and creating a replica of her New York Brownstone bridal salon

(On a side note: I started watching Million Dollar Decorators on BravoTV to see Jeffrey Alan Marks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Mary McDonald in action.)


Richard Manion and Robert Meiklejohn of Richard Manion Architecture Inc.

Builders (to the best of my knowledge, I think there are more)

Matt Barnes of Finish Rite Construction
Dan Hershman of Richard Holz Inc.
Steve Miller of Miller Woodworking


Stephen Block of Inner Gardens
Christine London Ltd
Patricia Benner Patricia Benner Landscape Design

Designer Bios

Natasha Baradaran

Natasha Baradaran integrates architecture and interior design elements to bring a fresh and artistic flair to each project. Her balance of contemporary and traditional elements creating timeless environments is her signature.

Natasha has chosen not to specialize in any one style, pursuing a philosophy of mixing "old with the new" to create elegant yet livable spaces. She passionately believes that "every residential space should reflect the client's lifetime of experiences and travels; rather than that of the interior designer."

Her international profile of residential and commercial projects, range from the interior design of a celebrity home in Beverly Hills, the new construction of a residence in Dubai, and the design of corporate offices for an entertainment company in New York and Los Angeles. Her current projects include the interior design of an Asian contemporary estate in Montecito, the new construction of a 15,000 square foot Tuscan villa in Beverly Hills, the interior architectural design of a 20 unit condominium complex in Los Angeles and the remodel of a penthouse in Milan.

Born in Los Angeles, Natasha received her Bachelors of Arts degree from USC, her Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, and attended UCLA's School of Interior Design. Natasha started her career at the renowned firm Wilson and Associates, where, as a senior designer, she designed numerous high-end hospitality projects around the world, including luxury hotels, five-star restaurants, spas and corporate offices. In 2000, she founded Baradaran Design, Inc. (now Natasha Baradaran Interior Design), which has grown into a full service design firm providing complete interior architecture, construction management, and total selection of all interiors. She is currently developing her own furniture and fabric line based on her custom creations for her clients over the years.

Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett Design is inspired at its roots by the brilliant light and clean sensibility of the California landscape.

Founded in 1987 and named for its owner - interior designer and Southern California native Chris Barrett - the firm is renowned for its breathtaking residential interiors and chic commercial spaces. Alchemists with color, light, pattern and scale, Barrett and her team execute bold visions for their fast-growing portfolio of clients, consistently revealing functionally creative living spaces with a balanced look that is both dramatic yet restrained.

In keeping with the designer's profound love of the land, Barrett also develops her design projects in a way that encourages the principles of environmental sustainability. Livable outdoor spaces that extend naturally from fresh, light-filled interiors are a hallmark of the designers' work, as are interiors that reflect the spaciousness and order of nature. Barrett's finely tuned sense of history is the crowning achievement in all of the firm's interior design projects, offering decoration that has an "accumulated over time" sensibility.

Adept at fusing electrifying color combinations, multi-cultural reference points and hand-crafted elements into a singular vision, Barrett's team mantra is to stay strong about the story - be it an Australian Colonial residence in Beverly Hills, an equestrian farm estate in Lexington, Kentucky, a 1912 Bertram Goodhue residence or one of the firm's residential projects for celebrity clients including Charlize Theron, Candice Bergen and John Stamos. Barrett's repertoire also encompasses a wide range of commercial assignments including the classic California coastal resort Hotel Oceana, a parent's resource room in UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, interiors for Maestro's Ocean Club in Las Vegas and acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant, Comme Ça.

The work of Chris Barrett Design has been featured in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, The Robb Report and Architectural Digest, among others. The company is currently launching "Chris Barrett Textiles," a vibrant collection of outdoor soft furnishing fabrics printed on 100% Securelle and hand-designed with signature abstract patterns.

Joan Behnke

As a veteran of interior design, Joan Behnke jokes she got her start by desgining her first house for Ken and Barbie at the age of 5. Since then, Joan's love of design has grown into a rewarding career. From her offices in Los Angeles, Joan has worked on projects in San Francisco, Montecito, Beverly Hills and Malibu. Joan's projects have also taken her around the world to Japan, Italy, Egypt, France and Saudi Arabia. Traveling for Joan has been an integral part of her creative process, if it's capturing the spirit of a culture in her design or seeking out furniture in Paris.

Joan believes in tackling every project with dedication, attention to detail, due diligence, and dependability. Joan's staff works closely under her direction to make the design process not only a collaborative effort from within, but also a mutual process with her clients. By using objects of color, Joan Behnke and her team are able to create a lasting beauty in their design. With selection and placement of each element and object, an impression is imprinted that will stay withe clients throughout all their life's journeys.

Cari Berg

With a true love of design and a desire to create highly individual, emotional spaces, Cari Berg launched her eponymous design business in 1998.

Since then, Cari Berd Interior Design has specialized in interiors that are at one stylish and chic yet practical and extremely livable.

Cari believes that Interior Design is a deeply personal business. Listening to her clients' priorities and establishing a clear sense of their style is key to a successful project. She believes that there is a process involved in design; one that is collaborative, fluid and dynamic.

In every project, Cari combines authentic materials, sophisticated color and use of texture. Car believes in "the mix"—that mid century modern pieces can live harmoniously with antiques and that beautifully customized upholstery can sit on top of a simple woven area rug.

Through meticulous planning goes into all of Cari's projects, the goal is that these new spaces feel personal and richly layered, like the have evolved over time. Whether designing a streamlined, contemporary Kitchen, or a classically, traditional Living Room, Cari's designs are always fresh, sophisticated and inviting.

Tim Campbell

Principal Tim Campbell melds his love of travel, fashion, and contemporary art to create interiors infused by heritage—and a touch of mystery. The ardent traveler has surveyed the globe to bring an introspective, modern point-of-view to his clients through designing residential interiors, selective commercial projects, and historic restoration projects.

Often combining distinct pieces — an antique Neoclassical commode, the uncluttered silhouette of a modern sofa, and bold contemporary art charged with a thought-provoking social message — Campbell has a remarkable talent for transforming disparate items into harmonious, inviting spaces that reflect each client's personality and past.

Enthralled by design as child after finding a copy of Architectural Digest in an antique shop, he soon began to hone an understanding of how structures are built by helping his father, a contractor, build houses. There was no question in his mind that this was his calling.

In 1985, Campbell founded CADD Production Resource to provide design, construction documents, and project management services to the design community. After designing his own home in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, the direction of the firm shifted to include all phases of the design process leading to the founding of Studio Tim Campbell in 2006, a full service architectural and design firm. An interior design and furniture design division was added in 2009. Our office in New York City was opened in 2010.

In both Los Angeles and New York City, Studio Tim Campbell’s services include architecture and interior design for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. We participate in all phases of project delivery from conceptual design to construction administration.

Mark Cutler

Mark Cutler creates individualized environments for his clients, who want personal, elegant homes.

With a strong background in both architecture and interior design, Mark lends a broad scope to any project, whether it's an original home, a renovation, or an addition.

Mark has an intrinsic understanding of all areas of budget, design, and construction—from plumbing to passementerie.

Mark's keen insight into projects lends his designs longevity and depth. "My clients aren't interested in passing fads," says the Australian-born designer. "They want a classic design that will delight them for years to come."

His extensive travels give his designs an authentic world view, influenced by history and modern life. "Reaching into the past, we hope to design for the future."

"Our work is a form of portraiture — we aim to create a reflection of our clients, not just another version of ourselves."

Elizabeth Dinkel

Elizabeth Dinkel is recognized by House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Veranda and California Homes & Interiors as one of America’s leading interior designers. Her classic signature style is described as fresh, spirited and timeless. With her creative use of color choices and the unexpected mix of modern and antique, she has risen to the top of her field.

As a full service firm specializing in high end residential projects, ultimately the mission of Elizabeth Dinkel Design is to create interiors that are timeless, rich in style and inspire conversation. Often her commissions begin with only a few rooms and evolve into full home designs and renovations. Elizabeth’s clients value her attention to detail, her enthusiastic energy and her deep understanding of their lifestyle and needs.

Elizabeth’s projects take her from coast to coast with clients from New York to San Francisco, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

After earning her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Georgetown University, she worked in TV news production in New York City. Later she began an apprenticeship with Leta Austin Foster & Associates of Palm Beach and New York, her mother’s renowned interior design firm. At the same time, she embarked on more formal studies of both interior design and architecture at the New York School ofInterior Design and Parson’s School of Design. She quickly rose through the ranks at Leta Austin Foster and extended the firm’s reach by managing their New York projects as well as opening offices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

After 18 years of passionate devotion to the world of interior design, she established her eponymous firm in West Hollywood, California in 2004.

Waldo Fernandez

Cuban born Waldo Fernandez attended private Catholic schools until his family relocated to New York, where as a teenager, Fernandez was encouraged by his family to explore his passion for design and love of the arts.

Waldo soon left New York for life in Los Angeles. He quickly enrolled in school to study architecture and design at UCLA. Soon thereafter, Waldo was hired by Walter Scott, as an assistant set designer for 20th Century Fox. His set designs included furniture commissions, which caught on immediately, giving Waldo the recognition that changed his life.

Waldo found himself traveling to Europe in search of fine antiques to fill his first showroom, which was opened in 1974. His first major interior design job was for film director John Schlessinger. The exposure to the entertainment industry lead Waldo's career to a celebrity clientele.

For Waldo, the home is the essence of one's inner-self. He believes that creating one's sense of style is very much told by the manner in which one lives.

Waldo's Design has been open at the Almont Drive location for more than 28 years. His firm includes a staff of architectural and interior designers. Waldo's Design also carries a reproduction furniture line, which continually keeps evolving Fernandez's creativity.

Adam Hunter

Vogue and TIME Magazine have both sung his praises – no small feat for a Broadway star-turned-interior-design sensation. After 10 years in leading roles in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Ragtime, Lion King, and La Boheme Adam Hunter brought his passion for drama and staging beyond the footlights to designing extraordinary environments across America. From Winnetka, IL, Hunter remembers redecorating his bedroom as soon as he was old enough to know how. While working on Broadway, the University of Michigan trained actor studied at the Parsons School of Design and soon counted many Broadway stars among his interior design clients.

When he relocated to Los Angeles, Hunter designed the famed Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts spa on Melrose Place. The project gained wide public attention and media acclaim. Vogue dubbed the design "Magic on Melrose" and TIME Magazine said, "the penthouse design is as glamorous as its celebrity clientele."

Within a short time, Hunter was designing interiors for celebrity clients including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Coolidge, and James Caan. His parade of show-stopping work prompted ANGELENO magazine to anoint him "The Drama King - LA’s Rising Design Star" and name him one of the Top 5 Interior Designers to Watch."

Adam’s current projects include private homes in Los Angeles and Malibu, California. In Fall 2012 he was commissioned as a resident designer at the luxurious Montage Deer Valley in Park City.

Adam Hunter is located in Los Angeles. He will be introducing a collection of rugs and wall-coverings in Spring 2013.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer who is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and many more. Currently his projects are featured in 10 coffee table books. Martyn’s book, Live, Love, & Decorate, published earlier this year covers his ten years of work in the glamourous world of interior design.

Martyn’s A-List clientele include Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Cher, Aaron Sorkin, Tamara Mellon, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguillera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Rebecca Romaijn, Felicity Huffman and William H Macy, both, executive offices at Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios, Patti La Belle, Loree Rodkin, Cheryl Tiegs and many others. Although known mainly for his high-end residential design, he has also lent his talent to commercial and hospitality. Designing the Colony Palms Hotel, Jimmy Choo Stores worldwide, and currently the Chateau Gutsch Hotel in Switzerland to name a few.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is consistently named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List, top 25 tastemakers in the world, and most recently the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List 2012. He was also the recipient of the highly prestigious Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award in 2010. In addition to his design services, Bullard has a collection of indoor and outdoor fabric, wallpaper, a popular collection of candles, and furniture available through MLB Design, indoor fabrics for Schumacher, wood flooring for Board Brokers, and a line of rugs with The Rug Company. He is also the spokesperson for Jaguar, as well as the face of the world’s most exclusive beds, Vi Spring. His brand thrives on diversity and creativity.

fashion designer Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design. Monique’s innate sense of style and understanding of a woman’s desire to look and feel beautiful are prevalent throughout her bridal and ready-to-wear collections.

Monique’s love for fashion is a lifelong passion. Growing up in the Philippines, Monique’s first experiences of fashion were with her mother whose own sense of personal style and elegance were major influences for the designer. Her mother, also a designer, ran a successful custom high-end collection of children’s clothing. At the young age of 11, Monique would sketch and pick out fabrics and customize her dresses with local couturiers in her hometown. Encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming a designer, Monique moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising.

While studying at FIDM, a natural inclination towards bridal and evening gowns led Monique to her niche. The pure fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, inspires Monique Lhuillier designs.

It was during her time at FIDM that Monique also met her now-husband, Tom Bugbee. While searching for a gown for her wedding in 1995, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashion infused bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion for bridal gowns and the desire to offer women modern, inspired couture designs. Monique set out to create pieces that transcended the options available to women searching for their dream dress.

In 1996, Monique debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from retailers and magazine editors. The following year, Tom joined the company as CEO to turn Monique’s vision to establish a couture design house in to a reality. Their partnership has grown the business into one of the most successful brands internationally which now includes a ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in NY as well as a tabletop collection for Waterford, stationery and fine paper, and a bed , bath and home collection. In 2003, Monique Lhuillier was inducted as a new member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

What started as a young girl’s interest in sketching and sewing has become a cultural phenomenon, bringing whimsical, ethereal creations inspired by a passion for celebrating life’s greatest moments and accentuating the female form with each new collection.

Monique and Tom now live in Los Angeles with their two children, Jack and Sophia. Monique’s role as mother is her priority while she continues to lead design for her collections. She also devotes time to philanthropic efforts and is very active within her community.

James Anthony Magni

James Magni is to the world of designers as to Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford are to fashion. Truly understanding this elevated lifestyle approach it is clear that Magni, unlike many traditional designers, is not a mono-note designer. Named as Architectural Digest's top 100 designers, the Magni style has also been described by The New York Times as "...prophetic designer Magni, is trim, tailored and practical as a Jil Sander suit."

It is not about decadence for decadence sake but rather a supremely elevated way of life for a Magni client. Whether an all white moderne beachfront pied-a-terre or a majestic 40,000 square foot European-style estate, Magni brings an ultimate expression of modern elegance, cinematic mastery and his unmatched skills of graceful restraint to all. The daunting task of shopping in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain or the United States is no challenge for Magni. His firm's impressive client list is a global collection with diverse projects in London, Paris, Mexico City, Saudia Arabia, New York and California.

Magni, while born in this country, has strong ties to his family's Italian heritage. The rich culture of his Italian lineage has been a constant source of inspiration through out his life. While in his youth wanting to become a sculptor, the college bound Magni, pursued his love of sculpture only on a much larger scale – interior design!

Magni was recruited by H.M.B.H., the prestigious Dallas based firm. At H.M.B.H. Magni soared to become the youngest V.P. and founded their interior department. While in Dallas, Magni built a formidable client
list to include the Frito-Lay headquarters and their private residence in La Jolla...thus launching Magni Design in Loas Angeles by 1988. As Magni's California based interior design firm earned acclaim he founded Magni, a furniture and rug collection epitomizing the true Magni lifestyle.

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Named one of "the town's most-wanted decorators" by The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Alan Marks believes the design process should be fun and creative like his designs and personal style. Jeffrey studied design at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in England and lived in Paris and Milan for many years allowing his work to draw cues from Italian and French methods.

His colorful, comfortable design style translates to the atmosphere at his firm, JAM, Inc. which he started 16 years ago. Based in Santa Monica, the firm designs and develops luxury homes in America and the United Kingdom and develops commercial projects including restaurants and retail stores. New projects include a chain of restaurants in Korea and exclusive eateries in New York, Montecito and West Hollywood.

Jeffrey is included in House Beautiful's list of the most influential decorators in American History and is on Elle Décor magazine's A-List. His work is regularly published by major shelter magazines including Elle Décor, German Architectural Digest, and the British In Style Home. Jeffrey is currently launching a new line of furniture, lighting and accessories with Palecek and his first book The Meaning of Home will be on shelves in the late summer of 2013.

Mary McDonald

Los Angeles-based designer Mary McDonald is one of today’s most sought after designers and is consistently ranked one of House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers”. McDonald’s gorgeous interiors have captivated the design community and are featured in major national publications including Town & Country, Veranda, House Beautiful, Domino, House & Garden and International Vogue.

McDonald’s style combines old-fashioned elegance with a modern sensibility resulting in a fearless, joyful exuberance. Her ability to combine bold patterns, Chinoiserie, and Indian influences with contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color has established her signature style. From the refurbishment of Buster Keaton’s legendary villa to the recent completion of The Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel Air, McDonald’s projects captivate the press. House Beautiful says “her work is timeless and glamorous all spun together with a keen fashion sense…. she’s a fearless, exuberant accessorizer.”

Her first book, MARY MCDONALD: INTERIORS, The Allure of Style will be published by Rizzoli in October of 2010. Written with wit and charm, the books showcases the sophisticated and ravishing interiors, thematically divided, with over 250 sumptuous photographs. The book will be promoted and sold throughout the world.

In addition, she is launching her first lighting collaboration with nationally distributed Robert Abbey Inc. The classically inspired lighting ranges from sconces to floor lamps infused with her iconic flair for femininity and modernism.

Raised in Brentwood, McDonald attended Parsons School of Design and began her career as a milliner with her designs featured in Vogue, Bazaar and Vanity Fair. Through extensive travel in Europe and the Far East, she has created a personal signature that is eclectic, classic and clean while maintaining a strong sense of glamour and sophistication.

Alexandra & Michael Misczynski

An easy mix of texture and patina distinguishes the interiors of Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, the husband-and-wife team behind Atelier AM in Los Angeles. Incorporating materials that range from weathered wood to shimmering, ultrapolished steel, the pair has, in less than a decade of practice, created casually sophisticated residential spaces for an elite clientele (Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Edythe and Eli Broad, Jane and Michael Eisner, to name a few). Important antiques and vintage pieces are part of the duo’s vocabulary too, but the Misczynskis’ affinity for a nature-based palette and restrained composition means the effect is one of stylish understatement—simple design done beautifully.

Philip Nimmo

Philip Nimmo is a tour de force in the world of artistic metal, furnishings and lighting. With inventive combination of material, Nimmo captivates audiences worldwide.

While Nimmo is an interior designer by profession, at heart he is an artist – and that is what has fueled his success in the creation of pieces that are beautiful, unique and yet highly functional. His travels, his endless browsing of books and publications, and his own collecting of paintings, sculpture and other works of art have served as an endless well of inspiration. Recognition of that talent has led to commissions around the world for Nimmo to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Lonni Paul

Lonni Paul bases her work in the study of all things simple, modern and clean. From her years working as a fashion model in Milan, Paris, New York, Munich and Tokyo, Lonni developed a keen eye for understated elegance, and a taste for luxurious comfort. From the runways of Giorgio Armani and Gianfranco Ferri, Krizia and Yoji Yamamoto, Bill Blass and Prada, Lonni came to understand the importance of color and texture, clean lines and the purity of design.

Lonni has lived in six countries and traveled to over 50 countries. She studied sculpture with famed Italian artist Bruno Lucchesi, deepening her understanding of the aesthetics of form. Lonni continued her studies at the prestigious UCLA Architecture and Interior Design program, in Los Angeles. Lonni has also studied sculpture, form and figure with Los Angeles artists Jonathan Bickart and David Limrite.

Building on her career in art and fashion, Lonni's art and couture experience translated into the development of luxury homes in Bel Air, Brentwood and Manhattan Beach. Her eye for detail and unwavering perfectionism influences every decision of the design process, from design and construction to tile and stone to fabric and furnishings. Her creative collaboration with area craftsmen, local textile designers, and her early commitment to eco-friendly design, drew the high-end clientele she designs for today.

Based in Los Angeles, lonnipauldesign has redefined modern notions of beauty and elegance, from unique contemporary spaces to luxury private residences in Provence, Aspen, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Malibu and the Hamptons. She has attracted clients from a wide variety of industries, including film and television, music, money management, law, videogame development and the aviation industry.

Lonni was honored to be chosen as one of 8 designers for the Fendi Casa 2008 Designer of the Year Series. lonnipauldesign was selected by the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids to be one of the premier design firms for the Dining by Design tabletop gala with Fashion house Theory as her sponsor. Lonni was chosen as a Finalist on HGTV's Design Star out of over 10,000 designers. She appeared on the TV series summer 2009.

Estee Stanley

For more than 15 years, Estee Stanley has been creating some of the most stylish looks in Hollywood and around the world. Through her role as a celebrated fashion stylist and later, as a renowned interior designer, Stanley has created a niche for which she has become best known: chic, effortless and eclectic style. With a life-long eye for fashion, Estee began working as a stylist, building her reputation and career to count some of the world's biggest fashion icons as her clients. As a self-described "constant mover" Stanley's clients were routinely introduced to her new houses and interiors, seeing her re-interpret her furnishings and surroundings on a regular basis. Wanting to infuse their homes with Stanley's innately chic aesthetic, they quickly began calling on her to design and re-imagine their homes. In recent years, Estee has become as well known for her interiors as her iconic fashion styling.

Estee's work is far from cookie-cutter; in fact, she is proud that there is no signature style to her interiors. She believes that as each client is different, their interiors should be different–each home designed and decorated as a reflection of its owner, not of Estee (admittedly, she lets her penchant for marble lead the way in many of her bathrooms.) She loves finding a great statement piece of furniture or art and building a room around that object. Her travels around the world and her network in Los Angeles keeps her connected with off-the-beaten track sources who are always helping her find that next perfect piece.

Estee is a native of Southern California and resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield

Ron Woodson

Growing up with parents in the music industry in Los Angeles, Ron Woodson, was exposed to the homes of many tastemakers. “One’s home is a refuge from the ordinary. It should be the perfect expression of the lives, aspirations and consciousness of the homeowner. My job is to understand these aspirations and release them into a very special space for the residents.” Says Ron. With more than 15 years in the design industry, Ron is ever-exploring new materials, furniture forms, colors and fixtures always with a nod to the past.

Ron attended the UCLA school of Interior Design and was recently named one of the Top 20 Black Designers in America. Ron draws inspiration from his travels, with more than 30 countries to date.

His passions span a range of architectural forms – from ultra-modern, Regency style, Spanish, and mid-century architecture. “Most homes have immense potential.” My job is to bring the property to its full potential.

Jaime Rummerfield

With a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University’s prestigious College of Architecture, Jaime Rummerfield has a signature California sensibility that is comprised of classic design training mixed with a fashion forward design approach. Jaime is touted as one of the nation’s top young Interior Designers by Traditional Home, Town & Country and House Beautiful magazines.

Her creative eye is second to none in focusing on the science behind color, texture, balance, proportion and scale that is applied to creating memorable and pleasing spaces. Much of her passion and inspiration is derived from the theatrics of Hollywood, not just because of W&R’s A-list clientele, but even more so the glamour of the silver screen and the romantic bygone eras of film.

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  1. I hope that you can show us lots of photos of the completed houses. I love Million Dollar Decorators as well. It is also on Australian TV. So exciting. IndyPoppy

    1. Hi IndyPoppy.
      YES, check these out. This has the full list of houses with just a front and back exterior shot.

      I'm adding individual posts with more photos of each house. Here is the first one. More coming this week.

      Contemporary Beach House 2


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